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John Redwood's Diary · 17h ago

Build rates and planning permissions

Wokingham Borough has made a substantial number of planning permissions for new homes available to the housebuilding industry. Sometimes the developers do not build these homes at the pace t...
John Redwood's Diary · 23h ago

New garden towns and the Oxford to Cambridge corridor

The government has stated its wish to find locations for new garden towns, and to expand ambitions for the Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor. The UK’s original garden settlements grew from...
John Redwood's Diary · 1d ago

Animal Welfare

I am aware that there have been a number of misconceptions perpetrated by the media about last week’s vote. As I strongly support higher standards of animal welfare I am pleased that the Gov...
John Redwood's Diary · 1d ago

Universal credit to be improved

In the  Budget  the Chancellor announced: the removal of the 7 waiting days before a claimant can apply for Universal Credit significant improvements to the advance payments system – includi...
John Redwood's Diary · 1d ago

Budget reflections

As we had read in the newspapers, the Office of Budget Responsibility decided to downgrade their forecasts for productivity, which led to a reduction in the growth forecasts. These growth fo...
John Redwood's Diary · 2d ago

First time buyers in Wokingham to be spared Stamp Duty

The Chancellor announced in his budget that most first time buyers will be exempt from Stamp Duty. Anyone buying a home under £300,000 will pay nothing. Anyone buying a home up to £500,000 w...
John Redwood's Diary · 2d ago

A new UK fishing policy

I have long argued we should be able to produce a new UK fishing policy which is kinder to both our fish and our fishermen. Fishing for Leave has come up with some interesting proposals desi...
John Redwood's Diary · 3d ago

Official figures for the UK contributions to the EU

The official HMT and OBR figures for 2016 shows the following Total gross contributions       £23.148 billion    (£445m a week) Gross contributions less rebate    £17.865 bn    (£343 m a wee...
John Redwood's Diary · 4d ago

Better jobs

The UK economy has been good at creating many new jobs over the last seven years. It has been successful at taking unemployment down substantially. One of the main aims now should be to prom...
John Redwood's Diary · 5d ago

Planning for Wokingham Borough

Before the election I was asked about my attitude to the possible construction of more homes in Grazeley when Wokingham next needs to find new areas for development after completing the four...